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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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New Jersey voters Tweet problems with online voting

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. New Jersey voters flocked to Twitter Tuesday to report problems with the state’s makeshift online voting plan for residents displaces by Hurricane Sandy. That trend is in keeping with a study released Tuesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project that found nearly one-fourth ...

Googling in the voting booth

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A smartphone means never having to plan in advance. Don’t know the restaurant’s address? It’ll be in Google maps. Not sure when that meeting is scheduled for? You can check the calendar later. If it’s not there, you’ll find it somewhere in your email. So here’s my Election Day prediction: ...

Your guide to the election and social media

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From targeted tweets to gaffes gone viral, social media has played a major role in the 2012 presidential election. As that race enters its final stretch, here are three social media stories to follow during Tuesday’s election and its aftermath. Voting goes social: As with most things in modern life, ...

Where the candidates stand on tech issues

November 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The folks over at The Verge have put together a good graphic laying out where President Obama and Mitt Romney stand on key technology issues including cybersecurity, Internet regulations and the future of space exploration. The piece eschews rankings in favor of quotes from the candidates and narrative descriptions of ...

But who are the grammarians backing?

November 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter published an interactive feature on Thursday that maps interest in President Obama's and Mitt Romney’s most popular tweets across the nation. Interestingly, the most partisan tweets rarely map to the candidates’ natural political bases. Obama’s second most popular tweet nationwide, for instance, supported abortion rights and got the most ...

States save money with online services

November 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A University of Utah study suggests state governments can achieve significant budget cuts by shifting many of their in-person services to the Web. Utah has saved more than $61 million during the past five years by moving state transactions online and contracting some Web services out to third-party vendors, the ...

Get ready for a seismic shift in federal IT

November 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years can change a lot in federal technology. As the Bush administration prepared to hand power to the Obama team in late-2008, no mission-critical government systems were housed in computer clouds, there were fewer than two dozen government-built mobile applications and the nation had never had a chief information ...

One Voice

November 1, 2012 Could social networking actually replace email and phone calls in the workplace? One agency thinks so. The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to roll out a social network next spring that will replace many of its traditional modes of communication. The platform, called One Voice, is a pilot that other ...

Tech Roundup

November 1, 2012 Rebooting Federal IT Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is floating proposed legislation that would drastically reform the way federal technology is purchased and grant agency chief information officers authority over their information technology budgets—authority currently held only by the Veterans Affairs Department CIO. If approved, the draft legislation would be the ...

Technology Hand-Off

November 1, 2012 Four years can change a lot in federal technology. As the Bush administration prepared to hand power to the Obama team in late-2008, no mission-critical government systems were housed in computer clouds, there were fewer than two dozen government-built mobile applications and the nation had never had a chief information ...